Zechariah 12: Amazing
Triumph and yet national mourning
Comment: Ezekiel (Ezek 38) had prophesied about
God drawing nations in the End Times to come against Israel to
be destroyed. This chapter appears to be Zechariah's equivalent
of the same thing. What follows is a double work of God. First
He will bring nations of the world to face judgment at the hands
of Israel within their land [v.1-9] but then He will move upon
their hearts to open their currently blind eyes to realise they
had rejected their Messiah and a great national mourning will
should note that the ‘prophecy' begins in verse 1 and appears
to continue on through the next two final chapters of the book.
The emphasis is on a specific time of history designated by God
as part of His agenda highlighted by the words “On that day” that
appear no less than fourteen times in these three chapters, each
time picking up a specific event in a long series of events.]
The Sovereign all-powerful Creator will use Jerusalem against
the word of the Lord concerning Israel.
Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of
the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares:
am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding
peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.
The word about the future [v.1 – prophecy] emphasizes
God's sovereign greatness as He declares His intent in the days
to come to use Jerusalem as a means of bringing judgment on surrounding
It will be a world-wide rebellion coming against Jerusalem
that day ,
when all the nations of the earth are gathered against
her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations.
All who try to move it will injure themselves.
There will be a specific day in God's economy when multiple
nations [an ungodly form of the United Nations?] rise against
Jerusalem to their own harm. Event No.1.]
When they come, complete chaos will reign among them
On that day  I
will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,'
declares the Lord. ‘I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but
I will blind all the horses of the nations.
the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, “The people of Jerusalem
are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.”
When that time comes God will act against them on behalf
of Jerusalem. Event No.2.]
At that specific time, those nations will be destroyed in the
that day 
I will make the clans of Judah like a brazier in a woodpile, like
a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding
peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her
Lord will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honour
of the house of David and of Jerusalem's inhabitants may not be
greater than that of Judah.
The Lord will cause the people of Israel to triumph in
the land, destroying the invaders so that Jerusalem is saved,
bringing glory to the whole land. Event No.3.]
The Lord will
be their protection and security
that day 
the Lord will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the
feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David
will be like God, like the angel of the Lord going before them.
The Lord will also shield the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
At that time all the invaders will be destroyed
that day 
I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.
I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the
one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns
for an only child and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for
a firstborn son.
Not only will this be a time of triumph for Israel, but
it will also be a time when their eyes are opened to realise they
had rejected their Messiah. Event No.5.]
Although a military triumph there will be national heart grief
On that day 
the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad
Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves:
the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the
house of Nathan and their wives,
clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei
and their wives,
all the rest of the clans and their wives.
This national mourning will sweep out form Jerusalem
across the whole land, each family taking on their own individual
personal responsibility. Event No.6.
So far we have seen the
following events declared in this prophecy:
The world coming against Jerusalem
The Lord will throw them into confusion
He will enable Israel to destroy them
He will ensure Jerusalem is protected
He will open the eyes of Israel to see
they have rejected their Messiah
Their mourning will sweep across the entire
to Chapter 13